New LVN grad, 3 days of orientation with no pay. - page 4
hello fellow experienced lvn's. i'm a new grad who got hired recently at a six patient acute/rehabilatation facility. the person who did the hiring told me that they do one day of orientation (with... Read More
Jun 24, '12Indeed lack of proper training seems pretty common for the new grad LPN. I worked as a CNA where I now work as an LPN. I was told that whenever a new grad LPN comes on board there they automatically get three weeks of training then are evaluated to see if they need an additional week. I thought that was just wonderful! Wasn't I lucky?
Out of my "3 weeks" training I was thrown from one hall to another with the nurse already scheduled to work that floor. There was no "trainer" SO REALLY I was nothing more than an additional burden to the LPN on duty that day! Te first one came right out and told me "Geeze I wish they would have sent you to me last week, I was down in census and would have had a little time to actually train you on some things" "I have a full house now so unfortunately this isn't going to be pretty" Well at least she was honest! I only had two days with her and things were a lot worse everywhere else with other nurse's. In that two days she was able to show me how to properly give her G-tub person her meds, made sure I could properly read and understand all the different insulin orders and showed me how we count narcs and document it. That poor woman was run ragged and barely had time to breathe much less teach me anything! Most everyone else saw me as a "break" for them, stuck me on their med carts and went off to the desk to do their paperwork (which they were SUPPOSE to be teaching ME how to do but didn't) One nurse I couldn't even find when crap hit the fan with three patients at once! I had to get a different nurse down a different hall to tell me what protocol was and how to find what I needed on the computer! I have nerves of steel but this "training" was really pushing me beyond my limits of tolerance! Not even a paper trainer/trainee packet was used when I was "training" for the LPN position like there was for the CNA position.(you'd think it would be more imperative the other way around)I had no list to go down and see if I actually knew how to do everything that was required of me or not. I kept asking for one but was blown off every time! I get to the end of my 3 weeks and am asked if I feel confident I can fly solo. I told them flat out, I cannot tell you whether I know everything I need to know to do it alone or not. I will not sign that I am full trained because I seriously doubt that I am. Still they were desperate and so put me on the schedule alone even without me signing. The scheduler said "Well there is to much to learn so it is learn as you go around here anyway.It'll be a good experience for you!" Umm really? Whose license is on the line while I am having this "good experience"? I was very fortunate to have two other very experienced LPN's on my shift, at least one was always in the building if I got "stuck" and could tell me what to do or I am sure I would have failed already.
To be quite frank I worked to hard for my license and if it were not for these other two nurse's being available to me during my shifts I would have went back to CNA work until I could find work as an LPN elsewhere that would have been a "safer" facility to get my experience in. Yes we all have to eat and pay bills but putting a temporary hold on the LPN job is a lot smarter than risking a permanent loss if you ask me.
Jun 24, '12Nurse1005,
What to hell! This is totally outrageous! I know where I work a unit/floor is req'd to have 2 nurses at a minimum around the clock even if unit is empty. Empty can happen sometimes on Pediatrics. Acute must require 2 nurses. I almost suspect that the DON has a phantom nurse on the payroll and is cashing that check? Stay way far away from that facility.
Jun 24, '12I believe from the OP's post that this is a 6 bed ECF in a private home. I forget what the exact name for them is. A couple of friends of mine work for a similar type of facility and its 2 CNA's and 1 nurse for 6 patients per shift. I think acute is a little exaggeration as most of the patients are more LTC/LTAC. My friends don't have too many complaints they actually like it.
Jul 2, '12Thank you all so much for your input! I really do appreciate it. As most of you said, I did work REALLY hard for my license. This place was full of red flags and that little voice in the back of my mind kept telling me that it wasn't safe there :redlight:. Thankfully I no longer am with this facility and I am now looking for another job. We learn from our mistakes and I now know what to inquire about before saying yes to ANY job offer . I have to watch my own back because no one else will :spin:
Jul 2, '12Rereading your post again and understanding what kind of facility it is the problem wasn't so much the workplace was unsafe though probably not perfect but the fact that you didn't have any experience which is not your fault. A year down the line in the same situation you would have been able to navigate it better including making sure you get paid. Remember also sometimes those training you will NOT train you well because they don't want you taking their hours.
But a year or two down the track handling 6 patients solo along with a CNA will seem like a cake walk.